Will be counted on to step up and help the team this year ... Began his Tech career on defense, but has worked to gain a good knowledge of the Hokies' offensive system ... Has a big frame to go with good work habits and athleticism ... Finished the spring No. 2 at left tackle ... Leads Tech's offensive linemen with a 40 time of 4.79 ... Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in the weight room this past spring ... Also earned the Excalibur Award - the top honor in Tech's strength and conditioning program - for the second time ... 2004: Played 62 offensive snaps and 46 on special teams in the regular season ... Graded out at 83 percent on 18 snaps in his first collegiate action, coming against Western Michigan ... Played four snaps on offense against Duke ... Played 35 snaps on offense with a knockdown in the win over Florida A&M ... Was in for five snaps on offense against Maryland ... Set a new position record in the squat (690) ... Mark was the sixth-best in program history ... Also had a 435-pound bench press ... 2003: Did not see any varsity action, but played in both jayvee games ... Earned Iron Hokie honors during the off-season ... Turned in a 445-pound bench press and a 600-pound back squat ... Had the best vertical jump (33 1/2 inches) and 40 time (4.85) among the offensive linemen ... 2002: Practiced at defensive end while redshirting in the fall ... Moved to the offensive line for spring practice ... Turned in the top vertical jump among the offensive linemen during spring testing at 33 1/2 inches ... Also had the top time in the forty (4.76) and the second-best showing in the NFL shuttle run (4.31) ... Improved his bench press to 400 pounds ... Was tried at right tackle during spring workouts ... 2001: Enrolled in school for the second semester ... Bench pressed 355 during spring testing ... Also posted a 500-pound back squat and a 304-pound push jerk that ranked second among the defensive ends ... Practiced at the stud end position during the spring ... Turned in three tackles during one of Tech's spring scrimmages ... High School: Posted 14 quarterback sacks and 18 tackles for loss in 2000 as a defensive end for Coach Scott Early ... Saw most of his action at tight end until his senior season - his first year as a starter on defense ... Had a total of 74 tackles for the season ... Also contributed 18 pass receptions for 220 yards and two TDs on offense ... Listed as one of the top 50 seniors in the state by South Carolina Prep Football ... Picked to that publication's AAA all-state team ... Earned all-region honors and was named to the WPDE All-Zone team ... Caught eight passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns his junior year ... One of those TD receptions came as time expired to send a game into overtime ... Was the first Myrtle Beach High player to sign with a Division I school in five years ... A member of the National Science Honors Society ... Personal: Brandon Lee Frye ... Born 1/23/83 in Myrtle Beach, SC ... Son of Brenda Epps and Stan Rome ... His father played football and basketball at Clemson and went on to play with the NFL Kansas City Chiefs ... Majoring in hospitality and tourism management.